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40ft Container Dimensions

A 40ft shipping container is a popular container type generally used in international shipping, self-storage and home modification. One of the advantages of these storage container sizes is they offer a greater cubic capacity than 20ft containers. 

Regarding 40-foot containers, these large units provide significant space for shipping and storage. Typically, a 40-foot container measures 40 feet in length (12.19 metres), 8 feet in width (2.44 metres), and 8.5 feet in height (2.59 metres). While slight variations might exist between manufacturers, these dimensions are generally accepted throughout the industry.

The interior and exterior dimensions of our 40ft units are:





12.2 metres

12.03 metres


2.44 metres

2.35 metres


2.59 metres

2.39 metres



Door width:

2.34 metres

Door height:

2.28 metres


67.7 m³

Tare weight:

3,500 kg

Gross weight: 

30,480 kg

Maximum load weight:

26,980 kg

Storage capacity:

Up to 18 large pallets / 3 bedroom home 

Note: Measurements and shipping container dimensions may vary by manufacturer.

Types of 40ft Containers

At SEA Containers, besides general-purpose shipping containers, we also sell specialist equipment.

  • A refrigerated shipping container features a self-powered cooling system to transport and store perishable cargo, such as fresh produce or frozen goods. 
  • High cubes have an extra 30cm of vertical space than standard containers for transporting extra-tall freight.
  • Insulated containers ship cargo that must maintain consistent ambient temperatures. 
  • Flat racks support heavy shipments such as vehicles or machinery.
  • Dangerous goods shipping containers ensure secure transportation of flammable materials such as gas bottles, fertilisers and paint thinners.
  • Side-opening containers feature side doors for easy access.
  • Open-tops feature end doors providing loading and unloading flexibility.

Contact SEA Containers NZ today for a quote or to find a container for sale or hire, that’s suited to your needs. Email the team at [email protected], or call 0508 732266 today.